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Divya Kumar - Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

Higher Education and Nonprofits Reporter

I cover nonprofits and higher education and want to hear the stories, big and small, that make up these worlds. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper and the University of South Florida's The Oracle. I joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Is there something about a nonprofit, college, university or higher education related issue you think people should know about? I'd love to hear from you.

  1. Ralph Puglisi, center, left the federal courthouse in Tampa flanked by his two lawyers on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, after pleading guilty to embezzling $12.8 million from a nonprofit company affiliated with the University of South Florida. On Monday, Sept. 26, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  2. The Pinellas County school district will close some schools early Monday as it prepares for an expected hurricane.
  3. Ralph Puglisi, center, leaves the federal courthouse in Tampa on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, after he pleaded guilty to embezzling $12.8 million from a nonprofit company affiliated with the University of South Florida. Puglisi was flanked by lawyers Anthony Rickman, left, and Nicholas Glance. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.
  4. Sep. 19• The Education Gradebook
    A KC-135 refueling aircraft flies over the Dale Mabry entrance of Macdill Air Force Base while coming in for a landing on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Tampa. The University of South Florida and MacDill announced a new partnership this week.
  5. Olivia Gallo, 18, a freshman at the University of Florida, walks past the student union on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022 in Gainesville.
  6. Students walk through Turlington Plaza on the University of Florida campus on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Gainesville. The school has attained a coveted No. 5 national ranking among public universities, but has been losing ground on another important measure — admissions of low-income students.
  7. Adriana Novoa, left, a USF professor, and Sam Rechek, an undergraduate student, have filed a lawsuit calling for an end to Florida's new "Stop WOKE Act."
  8. A view from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus, where the school's board of trustees met on Sept. 6, 2022.
  9. Estudiantes  cruzan  el campus de la Universidad del Sur de Florida, que, junto con la Universidad de Florida, tuvo la mayor cantidad de respuestas estudiantiles a la nueva encuesta estatal sobre "diversidad intelectual".
  10. A student crosses campus at the University of South Florida, which, along with the University of Florida, had the most student responses to the state's new "intellectual diversity" survey.
  11. Lowry Baldwin, co-founder of Baldwin Risk Partners, spoke to a crowd at the University of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee campus on Aug. 24, 2022, after announcing a $5.2 million donation to the School of Risk Management and Insurance.
  12. U.S. Rep. Val Demings outspent all her opponents more than 170 to 1, federal records show.
  13. Ralph Puglisi, center, leaves the federal courthouse in Tampa on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, after he pleaded guilty to embezzling $12.8 million from a nonprofit company affiliated with the University of South Florida. Puglisi was flanked by his two lawyers, Anthony Rickman, left, and Nicholas Glance, right.
  14. A view from inside the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida campus in Tampa. The university is asking for $50 million from the state to help it achieve more prestige.
  15. A view of St. Petersburg College's Gibbs campus in St. Petersburg. The school's board of trustees, meeting on Aug. 9, 2022, voted against giving adjunct faculty more compensation in the form of a fee and a bonus.
  16. Grant Park Christian Academy will not have to follow new federal laws regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in order to continue receiving federal school lunch dollars, the school’s lawyers said Monday.
  17. Century Tower sits at the heart of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, where a new survey suggests faculty morale is at a low point.
  18. At 75, Askia Muhammad Aquil received the USF degree he started working on in 1966. He is shown here outside his office in Campbell Park on Feb. 9, 2021.
  19. A view from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg  campus in front of the USF St. Pete University Student Center. The campus has felt the impact of rising housing costs.
  20. Aug. 1• The Education Gradebook
    Eckerd College president Damian J. Fernandez in November 2019. He announced in June that he would step down today.
  21. Outside Grant Park Christian Academy, a religious school in Tampa suing over federal policies on discrimination.
  22. The Holocaust museum condemned flags with swatiskas waved outside a Turning Point USA summit held at the Tampa Convention Center.
  23. Kennith Phillips, 54, was arrested by Tampa Police Department after fatally shooting his roommate. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Police Department).
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